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Displaced in northeast Nigeria ‘knocking on door of starvation’: WFP

Displaced families in Nigeria’s northeast are “knocking on the door of starvation”, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) said on Friday.

News in Brief 15 October 2021

  • Displaced in northeast Nigeria ‘knocking on door of starvation’: WFP 
  • Yemen ceasefire needed urgently to gain access to thousands in need 
  • Rights experts lead tribute to slain French teacher Samuel Paty 
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FROM THE FIELD: 4.4 million Nigerians facing ‘catastrophic food conditions’

Some 4.4 million people in Nigeria are facing what the UN humanitarian office, OCHA, is describing as “catastrophic food conditions”.

First Person: Learning a recipe for freedom in Nigeria

When Nigerian Blessing Ojukwu became pregnant after she was raped, her family disowned her. She was forced to live with her abuser, who continued to attack her. Now, a UN-backed initiative is giving her, and others in similar situations, a chance to become financially independent, and start new lives. 

News in Brief 28 April 2021

  • More than 370,000 children in Central African Republic displaced: UNICEF
  • UN rights experts urge Nigeria to release humanist Mubarak Bala
  • Latest COVID-19 data show cases rising for ninth week in a row
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News in Brief 16 April 2021

  • Northeast Nigeria violence forces 65,000 to flee, humanitarians targeted
  • Papua New Guinea at “critical” moment in fight against COVID-19: WHO
  • Japan: Rights experts ‘deeply disappointed’ by Fukushima water discharge plan
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Northeast Nigeria violence forces 65,000 to flee, humanitarians targeted by armed groups

A spate of clashes involving Government security forces and insurgent groups in northeast Nigeria has caused mass displacement and threatened humanitarian assistance, as armed groups go “house-to-house” hunting for aid workers, the UN said on Friday.

South Sudanese ‘one step away from famine', as UN launches humanitarian response plan

As hunger levels continue to deepen in South Sudan due to a combination of violence, climate change and COVID-19, the 2021 South Sudan Humanitarian Response Plan was launched on Tuesday aiming to reach 6.6 million people – including 350,000 refugees - with life-saving assistance and protection.

UN chief calls for ‘unconditional release’ of abducted students in Nigeria

The UN chief on Friday, has strongly condemned the latest mass kidnapping of students in Nigeria, in the country’s northwestern region. 

News in Brief 3 March 2021

  • COVID-19 crisis forced more than 168 million children to miss class in 2020 
  • Condemnation over targeted killing of three women journalists in Afghanistan 
  • Nigeria: Children traumatised by abduction need urgent rehabilitation, say UN experts 
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